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Pleased with the result. Our two remaining reliable batsmen pushed us to a score that proved to be just enough. You get the feeling we might need to bat first and set 370+ to feel relatively safe against anyone we'd face in the quarters/semis though!
When does a win not feel like a win? Today was a good example.
We are looking more and more like a three man team. Take away the England guys and in the 8 matches played so far, we have 2 batsmen scoring nearly all our runs and Ben Coad having over 1/2 of our wickets.
We have three players in excellent form at the moment, and it won't remain that way all season; but the players not performing at their best will come into form at some point as well. It's not as if the others are unable to return to form. Just enjoy the ones who are in form at the moment!
A little bit of tension at the end but it never felt like we were going to lose, just took till the last over to be absolutely certain sure.
3 out of 3 at Headingley by the way. At least we seem to have laid the "Headingley Hoodoo" in one day cricket to rest.
It was pleasing to see a young side in the field, where they excelled. The enthusiasm, hunger and commitment was palpable. Yes, Bressy was, once again, not at his best, but my word did he put some effort into mentoring the young bowlers. The last time I saw senior Yorkshire players nurturing their younger colleagues to this extent, is over a decade ago when White and Lehmann sat on the shoulders of Rashid and Lawson on a sunny afternoon in Scarborough and nursed them through every delivery; to memorable effect.
I think that's not a bad call replacing Rafiq with Hodd, as this will give us more depth of batting. The slight worry is that Lyth, Leaning and Lees are not contributing enough and there's an over-reliance on Handscombe and Ballance.Once we go beyond Handscombe and Ballance, there's not much batting considering Bressie is struggling a bit at present.
Thw worrying thing about Lyth, Lees & Leaning is that all the have got themselves in, but then got out 'going for the big one'. It just another faset of the problem we've had for years in one day cricket. Players & the team do well but then do stupid things under pressure. This season its been shown in the last 10 overs of an innings, other teams up their run rate, our usually dips.
I don't think this question of players getting in and then getting themselves out in 50-over cricket is quite the problem we might think it is. Only a season or so ago, Yorkshire were absolutely plodding through the early overs of these matches. Then there was a switch to the approach that most other counties had adopted (under the influence of 20/20 and the national team's change of philosophy) of simply blazing away until you're out and trusting the rest of the team to keep doing the same. The theory seems to be that it's better to get near to 300 and then subside to that total - or go on to get somewhere near 400 - than to crawl to 200 and bet everything on the last ten overs.